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Full Record of Spurs -v- Leicester City

Premier       Pl  W  D  L   For- Ag Pts
Home          15  7  3  5   30 -25  24
Away          15  6  2  7   26 -25  20
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Total(Prem)   30 13  5 12   56 -50  44  1.47 Pts per game
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   29 13  6 10   64 -46  34
Away(Div 1)   29 16  4  9   53 -54  40
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Total(Div 1)  58 29 10 19  117 -100 74
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)    7  3  3  1   12 - 7   9
Away(Div 2)    7  4  1  2   14 -13   9
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Total(Div 2)  14  7  4  3   26 -20  18
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Total(Prem)   30 13  5 12   56 -50  44 
Total(Div 1)  58 29 10 19  117 -100 74
Total(Div 2)  14  7  4  3   26 -20  18
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Grand Total  102 49 19 34  199 -170 134
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Leicester  -    DLWDLW

Leeds      1-1    Leicester
Leicester  0-3    Chelsea
Leicester  4-2    Watford
S'hampton  2-2    Leicester
A. Villa   2-1    Leicester
Leicester  4-0    Newcastle


Spurs      -    LLDWWW
           
West Ham   1-0    Spurs
Spurs      0-3    Man Utd
Everton    0-0    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    Leeds
Spurs      2-0    Brentford
Spurs      3-0    Norwich

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 7. Spurs     14  8  1  5  16-17  -1   25 
 9. Leicester 16  6  4  6  27-27   0   22

We don't have a game - POSTPONED

Both managers have had press conferences today, and Spurs have sent out their "advice for away fans". It seems that we do have game of football - at last. However, it seems that both clubs made representations to the Premier League for this game to be postponed, but were told the game must go ahead. I believe that Leicester's request was based on absences caused by both Covid and injury. Spurs apparently sought postponement so they could play their European game against Rennes. Spurs have re-opened their first team training facility but Antonio Conte says some players need more time to recover their match fitness.

Since Spurs last played 10 days ago (when both Emerson Royal and Bryan Gil were ill absentees) Leicester have played twice. They lost 3-2 in Naples in an exciting Europa League group which they might have won, or at least qualified. It turns out they finished third because former Spur Tomas Pekhart (playing for Legia Warsaw) had a last kick penalty saved by the Spartak Moscow goalkeeper. Pekhart never made our first team but was in our academy until 2008/09. He is now 32. I'll write more about Pekhart in my Southampton preview after Christmas.

Their third place finish meant that Leicester dropped down to the Europa Conference League. We still await our fate from the UEFA authorities, but in theory at the time of writing, we might yet meet Leicester in European competition. I think it is unlikely we will be granted passage to the Round of 32. Leicester have drawn a Danish team - Randers - in their round of 32 tie.

On Sunday, Leicester thrashed Newcastle 4-0 with the following side:- Schmeichel; Castagne, Evans (sub Soumare), Soyuncu, Thomas; Tielemans, Ndidi; Maddison (sub McAteer), Dewsbury-Hall, Barnes (sub Albrighton); Daka.

Players such as Vardy, and Ricardo Pereira were unused on the Leicester bench. The Premier Injuries site confirms the continuing absence of Wesley Fofana (ankle/foot), James Justin (knee) and after Sunday, Jonny Evans joined the injured list with a probable hamstring injury. Evans' partner at centre-back on Sunday was Soyuncu and he too has a tight hamstring, and is described as a doubt.

When you add to this list the names of Amartey, Vestergaard, Perez, Lookman, Iheanacho and Choudhury with "unspecified illness", you understand the scale of Leicester's problems.

Fofana has been a great miss for "The Foxes" but was injured in a pre-season friendly against Villarreal. The injury was described as a broken leg and the player needed oxygen when being stretchered off the pitch. Leicester fans hope to see Fofana back in action early in the New Year.

Zambian striker Patson Daka became Leicester City's first summer signing, completing a move from Austrian champions RB Salzburg and agreeing a five-year deal. Leicester reputedly paid 23 million. Daka scored his first Premier League goal against Man Utd in October and scored all four of Leicester's goals away to Spartak in their next game. Daka scored against Newcastle and also had an assist. Jamie Vardy has been on the bench for Leicester's last two games.

Midfielder Boubakary Soumare was Brendan Rodgers' next signing from French champions Lille. Soumare has started 9 Premier League games so far and come off the bench in 4 more matches. Ryan Bertrand (free) and Denmark defender Jannik Vestergaard were both signed in the summer from Southampton. Ademola Lookman was signed on loan from German side RB Leipzig. The 23-year-old joined his third Premier League club after making a total of 70 appearances in the competition for Everton and Fulham.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is a 23-year-old academy product who has made his senior debut this season. He came off the bench in Leicester's Community Shield win over Man City and made a Premier League debut a week later. The midfielder has started Leicester's last three games.

The Premier Injuries site lists Emerson Royal, Bryan Gil, Heung-min Son, Oliver Skipp, Dane Scarlett, and Lucas Moura as Covid absentees. Sergio Reguilon is apparently "being assessed", but the player himself suggested to us via Twitter after the Norwich game that he would be fit. Cristian Romero is out till the New Year.

Judging the above assessments, we are still able to field 8 of those who started against Norwich plus subs Doherty, Sessegnon and Bergwijn. You can add unused subs Rodon, Winks, Dele and Ndombele to the equation. Lo Celso is also back in training and fit. It seems that Leicester will be without a recognised centre-back. Perhaps my prediction of a 2-2 draw is somewhat pessimistic. After all, we won 4-2 last May and have won 4 times in our last 6 visits to the King Power Stadium. Perhaps the happy clappers (I hate those things) will not be happy tomorrow night.

Did you know? - Colin Appleton, who was a member of Leicester City's losing FA Cup finalists in 1961, died in May 2021, aged 85. Like the Spurs manager Bill Nicholson, Appleton was born in Scarborough, but 17 years after "Bill Nick" in 1936. Appleton went on to Captain Leicester and led them to their first major trophy, which was the 1964 two-legged League Cup Final in which they beat Stoke City 4-3 on aggregate. Appleton made 333 appearances for "The Foxes" in league and cup football.

Referee Craig Pawson would have been in charge of us for the 26th time. This was scheduled to be his second Spurs game this season. The earlier game was the defeat at Arsenal. Mr. Pawson has previously officiated three Spurs - Leicester games. These were on May 13th 2018, December 8th 2018, and 20th December, 2020.

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